Mark Richt is retiring from his job as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes.
Richt announced his retirement in a statement released by the university on Sunday.
Saying he feels stepping down “is in the best interests of the program.” He added that he informed James Blake.
Miami’s athletic director, of his decision on Sunday morning.
The decision comes on the heels of a 7-6 season that ended with the Hurricanes’ 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday. Richt coached for only three seasons at Miami after coaching 15 seasons at Georgia.
Richt, 58, leaves the college coaching ranks with a 171-64 career record. He went 26-13 at Miami.
Here is Richt’s complete statement on his decision to retire:
Dear Hurricane Family:
A few hours ago, I informed UM Director of Athletics Blake James that it is time for me to retire from coaching so I am stepping down as the Head Coach of UM Football. The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussions with my family, and prayer. This was my decision.
The University of Miami has been a part of my life for more than three decades. It shaped me as a young man and provided me with the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. My love for The U is simply great. My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program.
Katharyn and I will be cheering on the Canes in the years to come and The U will never leave our hearts.